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Occupational Therapy

KU's occupational therapy programs are nationally recognized for excellence as a leader in education and research in the field. The Department of Occupational Therapy Education resides in the KU School of Health Professions and is located on the KU Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kan. The department offers three degree programs:

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Students wanting to enter the profession of occupational therapy enter this 3-year graduate degree program after acquiring a bachelor's degree at KU or another institution. Graduates are eligible to take the national certification examination to obtain OT licensure. >> MOT program details

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

This online doctoral program is designed for practicing occupational therapists who want to pursue the highest level of advanced practice. A degree in occupational therapy from an accredited program, a master’s degree, and current license to practice as an occupational therapist are required for admission. >> OTD program details

PhD in Therapeutic Science

Ph.D. in Therapeutic Science With an emphasis on understanding the consequences of health conditions for the person, rather than the health condition itself, therapeutic science is an interdisciplinary program that involves faculty in a variety of departments and schools across the University of Kansas. >> PhD program details

Sensory Enhanced Aquatics (graphic)

Innovative Swim Program for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Partnering with Autism Speaks, the KU Department of Occupational Therapy Education developed the Sensory Enhanced Aquatics program to teach swimming and water safety to children with ASD. To promote successful learning, instructors combine evidence-based teaching methods with sensory strategies matched to the unique needs of each child. Details

Accreditation and Student Outcomes

KU's Master of Occupational Therapy program is currently accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education. Details

Last modified: Nov 17, 2016

Removing barriers to employment: Students in KU's occupational therapy education program are helping individuals with intellectual disabilities get jobs that match their skills and lead more meaningful lives. Read more

KU's Sensory Supported Swimming program serves its 100th student. Read more.

KU faculty leads team of OTs researching social activities of children with autism. Listen

Sensory Supported Swimming
Innovative KU-developed program teaches swimming and water safety to children with autism spectrum disorders. Watch video and learn more about the program and how you can help.


We're here to answer questions and help students prepare for an exciting career in occupational therapy. Connect with an advisor or schedule a campus visit:

For advising on the KU Lawrence campus, please visit University Advising Center at 785-864-2834, Strong Hall Room 132.